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MOST educators to visit Onondaga County libraries to demonstrate science
with (mostly) household products

Fizz Boom Amaze
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Have you ever wondered what makes Pop Rocks explode and soda fizz? This summer, the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology will answer those questions and more by conducting a series of experiments at Onondaga County Public Libraries in conjunction with OCPL's summer reading program for pre-teens and younger children, Fizz, Boom, Read.

During the MOST's Fizz, Boom, Amaze! 45-minute science program, educators will present up to a dozen experiments - many that can be duplicated at home with household products - that may fizz or boom, and definitely will amaze.

You may have seen Internet videos showing the reaction when Mentos candies are dropping into Diet Coke, but do you know why it happens? What do you think will happen if you push a skewer into an inflated balloon? And do you think you can stand on raw eggs - without breaking the shells? The answers will astonish people of all ages.

"Science is amazing, and you'll be astonished at the scientific principles you can learn from simple experiments involving mostly household products," said MOST President Larry Leatherman. "Best of all, it's free to attend!"

This will be the MOST's fifth summer working with OCPL to present a science program based on its summer reading theme. In 2010, educators presented Splash into Science; One World: Many Sounds in 2011; and Beyond Imagination: The Real Science of the Night in 2012. Last year, educators presented Secrets of the Soil.

OCPL Executive Director Elizabeth Dailey said, "Children throughout Onondaga County look forward to the Summer Reading programs provided by the MOST. The educators are always great with the kids, and the programs are a wonderful mix of learning and fun."

As in the past, thanks to the Onondaga County Public Libraries' sponsorship, the show is free to the public. Here is the 2014 program schedule, which is subject to change. Check with individual libraries to confirm dates and times.

  • July 14: 1 p.m. at Southwest Community Center Library, 401 South Ave., Syracuse
  • July 15: 11 a.m. at Northern Onondaga Public Library at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero; and 2 p.m. at Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville
  • July 16: 3 p.m. at Northeast Community Center Library, 716 Hawley Ave., Syracuse; and 6 p.m. at Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus
  • July 17: 11 a.m. at East Syracuse Free Library, 4990 James St., East Syracuse; and 2 p.m. at Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale
  • July 21: 1:30 p.m. at Minoa Library, 242 N. Main St., Minoa; and 6 p.m. at Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse
  • July 22: 3 p.m. at Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse; and 6:30 p.m. at Marcellus Free Library, 32 Maple St., Marcellus
  • July 23: 11 a.m. at LaFayette Public Library, Route 11 North, LaFayette; and 2 p.m. at Robert P. Kinchen Central Library in The Galleries of Syracuse, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse
  • July 24: 11 a.m. at Solvay Public Library, 615 Woods Road, Solvay; and 2 p.m. at Northern Onondaga Public Library at Brewerton, 5437 Library St., Brewerton
  • July 25: 2 p.m. at Northern Onondaga Public Library at North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse
  • July 28: 11 a.m. at Tully Free Library, 12 State St., Tully; and 2 p.m. at Baldwinsville Public Library, 33 E. Genesee St., Baldwinsville
  • July 29: 7 p.m. at Onondaga Free Library, 4840 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse
  • July 30: 2:30 p.m. at Petit Branch Library, 104 Victoria Place, Syracuse; and 6:30 p.m. at Elbridge Free Library, East Main Street, Elbridge
  • July 31: 11 a.m. at Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse; and 2 p.m. at DeWitt Community Library, in ShoppingTown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt
  • Aug. 4: 1 p.m. at Manlius Library, 1 Arkie Albanese Ave., Manlius
  • Aug. 5: 3 p.m. at White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse
  • Aug. 6: 11 a.m. at Fairmount Community Library, 406 Chapel Drive, Syracuse; and 3 p.m. at Soule Branch Library, 101 Springfield Road, Syracuse
  • Aug. 7: 10:30 a.m. at Skaneateles Library, 49 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles; and 2 p.m. at Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse
  • Aug. 8: 10 a.m. at Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool
  • Aug. 13: 11:30 a.m. at Jordan Bramley Library, White Memorial Building, 15 Mechanic St., Jordan; and 2:30 p.m. at Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse

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